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Latest Swindon Reports June 2015

The next Branch meeting will be on Tuesday 7th July, starting at 7.30 prompt, at Blackman Gardens, Old Town.  

For those of you who missed the last meeting, the post code for Blackman Gardens is SN3 1RN and it is accessed from the mini roundabout on Marlborough Road south of the Co-op supermarket in Old Town.  The road off the roundabout is called Signal Way and it leads to the Central Trading Estate.  However, before the Trading Estate, at the top of the rise in Signal Way turn left and Blackman Gardens is immediately in front of you.  Enter the road and there should be spaces to park on the left hand side adjacent to a wall.   Access will be via the main door between 7 and 7.30 only.

The Eastern Villages Link Canal 
is about 7km of a new route from the A419 near M4 J15 to Acorn Bridge on the A420.  We need to develop our scheme for this route with great urgency and get it integrated with all the other developments happening along the line.  Please read the following advert and tell anyone you know who may be capable of taking on this project.
 

VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER REQUIRED - SWINDON

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust seeks a competent and experienced PROJECT MANAGER to take responsibility for the development planning phase of the Eastern Villages Link in Swindon.

The selected candidate will be expected to lead a team of expert volunteers including those already working on the project.

These are in the following skills sets not limited to:

·       Project financial control
·       Corridor land assembly
·       Technical completion of canal line
·       Environmental/Eco integrity
·       Planning relationships with Swindon Borough Council and other relevant Authorities
·       Project PR and Communications

Candidates should submit their interest and CVs by internet without delay to Rod Hacker.

Email: Rod Hacker

Telephone: 01793 347715

 

Swindon AGM Report

The Branch AGM was recently held and the minutes of the meeting are shown below.  
As you will see from the minutes, Rod Hacker has agreed to continue as Chair of the Branch.  Peter Hunt asked to step down as Treasurer and we are grateful for his support in this capacity.  Oliver Gardiner has taken on that role and John Farrow has become Secretary.

Please note the next Branch meeting will be on Tuesday 2 June, starting at 7.30 prompt, at Blackman Gardens, Old Town.

Members may be aware that the previous venue (Swindon Golf Club) is now charging for rooms and so we have been looking for alternatives.  Keith Walker has kindly agreed to host this meeting in the communal room where he lives.  The post code for Blackman Gardens is SN3 1RN and it is accessed from the mini roundabout on Marlborough Road south of the Coop supermarket in Old Town.  The road off the roundabout is called Signal Way and it leads to the Central Trading Estate.  However, before the Trading Estate, at the top of the rise in Signal Way turn left and Blackman Gardens is immediately in front of you (not left again).  Enter the road and there should be spaces to park on the left hand side adjacent to a wall.   Access will be via the main door between 7 and 7.30 only.

The draft agenda for the June meeting is as follows:
1. Minutes of last meeting (7th April)
2. Matters arising not covered elsewhere on the agenda
3. Chairman’s report
4. Treasurer’s report
5. Arrangements for forthcoming events
6. Any other business

Wilts and Berks Canal Trust:  Swindon Branch

Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 16th May 2015.  Bowmoor Sailing Club

 

Present
Rod Hacker, Graham Perry, Eddie Thomas, Helen Thomas, Rob Yeowell, Peter Hunt, Dave Northcott, Darrell Donaldson, John Farrow, Oliver Gardiner, Ceri Evans, Adye Goodenough, Kate Goodenough, Adrian Hacker, Chris Barry, Theresa Stroud,  Roger Stroud, Cyan Ellis
 
Apologies for absence 
Wendy Cole, Keith Walker, Cheryl Yeowell, Sue Paine
 
 
Approval of the Minutes of the meeting on 8th Feb 2014 
The Minutes of the last AGM were circulated. One correction was noted that Ray Aldridge was missing from the list of those present. Proposed by Darrell and passed by show of hands
 
Chairman’s Annual Report 
Rod’s summary of the year was circulated.He expressed thanks to all those who had supported the work of the branch throughout the year, including Graham for the analysis of the member’s addresses.  The two main projects in Swindon have been frustrated by planning objections, and the need for the council to sign a partnership with a developer for the next phase at Wichelstowe. The new landing stage at Waitrose should be started soon. 
 
Treasurer's Report 
A summary of the report was circulated. 
Net position on 31st Mar was £5447.70 unrestricted funds available for Swindon branch. 
The report was proposed by Ceri Evans and passed by show of hands.
 
Appointment of Officers 
Ray Aldridge wished to stand down from position of vice chairman, and Peter Hunt wished to stand down as treasurer. The following offered to stand for these posts:
 
Chair:                 Rod Hacker
Secretary:          John Farrow 
Treasurer:          Oliver Gardiner
 
No other persons offered to stand, so all were approved on a show of hands.  Graham Perry agreed to fill the position of membership secretary.
 
Eddie expressed thanks to Rod for his work over the year, which was endorsed by all present.
 
Any Other Business 
Future Branch Meetings - As the Broome manor golf club is no longer available to us, we will be seeking new premises for future meetings. This may be Blackman Gardens, in Signal Way Swindon, as Keith Walker has suggested there could be a free room available.
 
Dave Northcott expressed thanks for the choice of location for the AGM, as the facilities were very good.
 
Rob Yeowell noted that the boat crew on Dragonfly will be collecting litter with a fishing net, which may be deposited in our compound.
 
The meeting closed at 6.40 pm.
 
After the formal business was concluded two presentations were given; Jim White the Engineering Director of the Cotswold Canals Trust spoke about the restoration work present and planned on those canals, and Chris Coyle gave an update on the developments along the Wilts & Berks Canal. 

Further information about the arrangements and activities planned for the day will be sent  directly to branch members.